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Texas guard Atkins a finalist for John Wooden Award

Longhorn senior has 1,319 career points and is fourth all-time in free-throw percentage at .831

Posted February 6th, 2018

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Texas senior guard Ariel Atkins has been named to the Wooden Award Late-Season Top 20.

Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2017-18 season, the list comprises of 20 student-athletes who are currently the front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor and the John R. Wooden Award All America Team.

Atkins ranks in the top-20 of nine different Big 12 statistical categories this season, including the impressive feat of points per game, rebounds per game, blocks per game, steals per game and assists per game. Atkins ranks 24th nationally in free-throw percentage at 86.6 percent, 26th nationally in steals per game at 2.86, and 44th nationally in field-goal percentage at 54.1 percent.


Atkins leads the Longhorns in scoring, rebounding and steals, averaging 14.9 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game and has swiped a team-high 63 steals. She has started and played in all 22 games this season for Texas.

For her Texas career, Atkins has played in 109 games with 88 starts. She ranks 27th in school history in scoring with 1,319 career points and is fourth all-time in free-throw percentage at .831 (255-of-307).

Wooden Award Finalists

2017-18 Late Season Top 20

G Kristine Anigwe, Jr., California; G Ariel Atkins, Sr., Texas; C Kalani Brown, Jr., Baylor; G Lexie Brown, Sr., Duke; G Jordin Canada, Sr., UCLA; F Napheesa Collier, Sr., UConn; G Sophie Cunningham, Jr., Missouri; G Asia Durr, Jr., Louisville; G Katelynn Flaherty, Sr., Michigan; F Megan Gustafson, Jr., Iowa; G Sabrina Ionescu, Jr., Oregon; C Teaira, Jr., Mississippi State; G Kelsey Mitchell, Sr., Ohio State; G Kia Nurse, Sr., UConn; G Arike Ogunbowale, Jr., Notre Dame; G/F Katie Lou Samuelson, Jr., UConn; F Shakayla Thomas, Sr., Florida State; G Victoria Vivians, Sr., Mississippi State; F Gabby Williams, Sr., UConn; F A’ja Wilson, Sr., South Carolina.




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